The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) have established the Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications.
For Tri-Agency research grants awarded after May 1, 2015, recipients must ensure that their peer-reviewed articles are freely available within twelve months of publication in an online repository or on the publisher’s web site . For CIHR recipients, certain types of data must be deposited in an appropriate public database.
Internationally, funders in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia also have open access policies.
How to comply
Deposit a version of your article in an open repository
It is the responsibility of the grant recipient to determine which publishers allow authors to post the article online within 12 months. This can be determined by searching for the journal in the database, which provides a summary of permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement.
To be eligible, the journal must, at minimum, allow the post-print (the final draft after peer-review, but before publisher formatting) to be archived within 12 months.
Include request for funding in grant application
The Tri-Agency Financial Administration Guide, Use of Grant Funds for Dissemination of Research Results allows for charges for articles published, including costs associated with ensuring open access to the findings (e.g., costs of publishing in an open access journal or making a journal article open access). Verify the journal website for the amount of the article processing charge in order to make an estimate to include in your budget.